Yeni Camii is an impressive mosque in Eminönü. It is built in the same style as the blue mosque and Süleymaniye mosque and it really worth a visit.
There are a lot of pigeons outside the mosque and pigeons sitting on the edge above the courtyard (be careful when you sit down!).
Yeni meens new and camii meens mosque, but this "new mosque" is about 400 years old.
The interior is richly decorated with Iznik tiles and carvings. And there are many nice windows around the great dome.
Located right next to the ferry terminal at Eminonu, this mosque is surrounded by noise and street vendors of all types. But once you get inside, you're struck by the peace and unbelievable beauty. This mosque is called "the new mosque" because it's the most recent one and not because it's new - it was actually completed in 1663. The entire interior is tiled with Iznik tiles, mainly blue and white. The light coming in the dome, the quiet, and the huge open space make it really favourable for prayer (even for the tourists !).
The New Mosque is in a great position as it is next to the Egyptian Market and just behind the waterfront where one can get one of those great grilled fidh sandwiches or people watch on the Galata Bridge, it is also in the midst of a great imprmptu market selling everything you could imagine. The mosque itself is beautiful and not full of tourists as is Blue and Suly Mosques.
This hotel was opened in order to accommodate the passengers of the "Orient Express" from Paris. The atmosphere there is nostalgic and you can see rooms where international stars and personalities used to stay.
If you are not staying there I suggest that you take a drink at the Orient Bar.
Do you call new a mosque that is four hundred and six years old? They do. This is the Yeni Cami Mosque. I was told that the locals call it pigeon mosque. Wacht out!
You must see the way to become very active in learning a bit about other cultures and abandonnig false supremacist poses...
The Yeni Camii (New Mosque) was built between 1597 and 1663 facing the harbor at Eminonu overlooking the incoming ferryboats to the old part of the city. The mosque was originally commissioned by Sultan Mehmet III. in memory of his mother Safiye Sultan, wife of Sultan Murad III, but logically he never saw it finished. Today its domes and arches shelter hundreds of pigeons who make their home in this area . It is near the Egyptian Market.
THE NEW MOSQUE .....
The contruction of the mosque started in 1597 and it took about 66 years to complete.
When the mosque was built, the water would reached the stairs of the mosque, that is why the foundations had to be built 3 meters higher, taking a great knowledge and experience by the architect.
The mosque has 5 entrances and one of this entrances guided you to a main patio sourranded by 20 columns.
Don't care its name, it's not new. ;) But it's quite big and beautiful mosque.. It's famous with its pigions.. They survive with the food you give them.. Do you mind to go to feed them 8)?